Atlanta Film Festival to Kick Off with "Everyday People"
by Wendy Mitchell
The 28th Atlanta Film Festival, run by the IMAGE Film & Video Center, will run June 11-20 featuring 70 features and 100 shorts. The opening-night film is Jim McKay's "Everyday People," the tale of a Brooklyn diner being demolished and the effects on its workers and customers. The closing-night feature will be "Seducing Doctor Lewis," the Sundance audience prizewinner about a small Canadian village that goes to great lengths to lure a big-city doctor.
Six narratives and six documentary features are in competition at the festival, all films that haven't secured U.S. theatrical distribution. Fiction competitors are "Bomb the System," "Dear Pillow," "Delivery Method," "Evergreen," "Madness and Genius," and "Piggie." Docs are "Deadline," "Dirty Work," "Imelda," "In the Realms of the Unreal," "Speedo," and "This Land is Your Land." Atlanta's 2004 jurors include producer Effie Brown, ThinkFilm's Dan Katz, Magnolia's Tom Quinn, and Pipedream Productions' Moira Griffin.
Other notable films playing in Atlanta include Mario Van Peebles' "Baadasssss!," Stacy Peralta's surfing doc "Riding Giants," Sundance winner "Primer," Bob Smeaton's music doc "Festival Express," Ondi Timoner's "Dig!," Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky's "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," Al Jazeera doc "Control Room," Jane Weinstock's "Easy," and Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's "Born into Brothels."
International films selected include Christoffer Boe's "Reconstruction," Byambasuren Davaa & Luigi Falorni's "The Story of the Weeping Camel," Anders Thomas Jensen's "The Green Butchers," Tanit Jitnukul's "Bang Rajan," Alexandre Aja's "Haute Tension," Margarethe von Trotta's "Rosenstrasse," and Takeshi Kitano's "Zatoichi."
Panels at this year's event will be devoted to topics such as acting, pitching screenplays, networking, film stocks, and the making of local film "Last Goodbye."
[For more information, please visit the festival website: http://www.atlantafilmfestival.com.]
[indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez will be in Atlanta, as a panelist, for the first weekend of the festival.]